Saturday, August 25, 2012

Healthy Italian: Pastaless Turkey Bolognese

This is my new favorite weight loss surgery friendly dinner. Low carb, high protein, deliciousness. If you are needing an Italian food fix but in a healthy way try this.

Yum Product Alert: Trader Joe's "Just Sauce" Turkey Bolognese. This is about as close to homemade as you can get without standing in front of a hot stove stirring a pot for hours or visiting your Italian Nonna's house for Sunday dinner. Trust me. I had an Italian Nonna. So yummy... tomatoes, celery, onions, carrots, white wine, basil, oregano, thyme, fennel. It's made with turkey. Score! = lean protein source. 1/2 cup sauce, 120 calories, 9 grams protein.

It is "Just Sauce" like the name states so you heat it up and pour it over or dip whatever you want into it. $3.29 for a 12 oz. box. It's in the freezer case.

Here's what I did with it...

Shelly's Pasta-less Turkey Bolognese (Zucchini & Onion)

1 Large Sweet Onion, sliced thin
3-4 Medium Zucchini, julienned
1 teaspoon Oregano
Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper
Spoon of Trader Joe's Turkey Bolognese Sauce
Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese and a dollop of Ricotta Cheese on top

Slice onion into thin slices. Saute till slightly golden. Using this super cool gadget cut the zucchini into julienne strips. Add to onion. Add seasonings. Continue cooking till zucchini is cooked to desired doneness, about 8 minutes or so.

Prepare Trader Joe's "Just Sauce" Turkey Bolognese according to package directions (basically microwave 6 minutes or so) Spoon over "pasta" and top with cheeses.

Sooooo good. Così buono.

More ways to get your Italian fix:
Shelly's Sausage & Pepper Bites
Shelly's Italian Chicken Salad
Shelly's Chicken Cacciatore with Beans
Shelly's Pesto Chicken & Veggies
Shelly's Italian Bean Salad
Shelly's Pizza Bites
Shelly's Tortilla Pizzas
Shelly's Red, White & Green Italian Flag Salad
Shelly's Individual Antipasto Salad
Shelly's Stuffed Zucchini (Zucchini Ripieni)
Shelly's Strawberry Cannoli
Shelly's Affogato
Shelly's Tiramisu Protein Smoothie

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Dr. Reginia; The Social Mistress said...

Sounds delicious. I am always in the market of high protein, low carb meals.

cowgirldiva17 said...

I saw this the other day and was wondering about the taste.Thanks for the review. I will get this on my next trip. Trader Joe's is dangerous for me. I live 1 block away. Yikes!!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am drooling!!! This looks delish so I am going to get the Mister to try this!

Bella said...

A great use for all of these zucchini I have from my garden. I love having meatless meals that are high in protein. Thanks!

Denise H. said...

I shredded up some zucchini w/ the gadget you use. Cooked it in a smidge of olive oil with some stewed tomatoes. Topped it w/ some sun dried tomato flavored cheese. YUM! Leftovers for lunch today.

Anonymous said...

Shelly, I apologize for the off topic comment, but I just turned my mom on to max protein this weekend and we are having the hardest time finding it. I purchased a bunch of the giant blue containers during a sale and now I am worried the white bottle isn't the same.
Are you still using max protein? Is the white bottle the same? Do you order it online?

Thank you for your help!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

z: Yes Max in the white tub is the same... well... call or order online. For a month or so they changed formulas but then they changed back so when you order ask for CLASSIC MAX to be sure to get the right one. Eggface2010 code still gets 20% off so it would cover shipping at least. Glad your Mom enjoyed it.

Lisa said...

I love using the zucchini this way, and even got my anti-veggie husband eating it too! I made it for his birthday with some pan seared scallops and finished it with a brown butter sage sauce. The family was fighting over the leftovers.
When you julienne the zucchini, do you include the seeds? I worry about them getting mushy, so I haven't been, but hate wasting that food.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Lisa, That sounds delicious. Yes, I use the seeds too but at a point it becomes to small to julienne so I chop those bits up and save them in a tupperware in the fridge to toss in soup or frittatas or bites (My crustless quiches)